TCAS has done a remarkable job of helping pilots avoid midair collisions, providing a last line of defense in those all-too-common instances when two aircraft are racing toward a single point in the sky at precisely the same moment.
Brazilian authorities should drop their criminal investigation into the deadly midair collision last September involving a pair of American pilots and instead let accident investigators complete their probe.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) late last week called on the Brazilian government “to return to agreed international standards and principles in the investigation” of the midair collision of a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600.
A Brazilian public prosecutor has recommended that a federal judge indict four air traffic controllers and the two American pilots involved in the midair collision between an Embraer Legacy operated by ExcelAire and a Boeing 737 operated by Gol over the Amazon jungle last September. The prosecutor is requesting that one of the controllers, Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos, be charged with intentional manslaughter.
Swiss police have in custody a man accused of stabbing to death an air traffic controller. The man reportedly lost his wife and children in the midair collision of a DHL Boeing 757 and a Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 on the night of July 1, 2002. The controller had been handling traffic in the airspace where the collision occurred.
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and its international umbrella group, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (IFALPA), are calling for the release of the two American corporate pilots who are still being detained in Brazil pending the investigation of the September 29 midair collision between their Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines 737.
At press time, two lawsuits had been filed in the aftermath of the September 29 midair collision over the Amazon jungle. Each suit lodges claims against U.S. charter operator ExcelAire, the two pilots of the Legacy 600 involved in the accident and avionics manufacturer Honeywell.
According to ExcelAire, the Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based charter company whose Embraer Legacy 600 was involved in the midair collision with a 737 over Brazil on September 29, a court in Brazil has issued a preliminary order, the purpose of which is to “render inalienable” any assets of ExcelAire that may be located in Brazil. “The practical effect of the order is limited to preventing the sale of the damaged Legacy jet,” according to the company.
Brazilian authorities held two U.S. pilots in connection with the September 29 midair collision that caused a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 to plunge into the Amazon jungle, killing all 154 on board and beginning a harrowing ordeal for the business jet crew from Long Island.
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